Wireless Freedom for Everyone at Work: Logitech Brings Enterprise-Grade Audio and Affordability to Headsets for Unified

  Wireless Freedom for Everyone at Work: Logitech Brings Enterprise-Grade
  Audio and Affordability to Headsets for Unified Communications

     The Logitech Wireless Headset H820e Combines Innovative Features and
        Industry-Leading Battery Life in a Comfortable, Stylish Design

Business Wire

NEWARK, Calif. -- April 22, 2013

Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today introduced the Logitech^® Wireless
Headset H820e for unified communications and PC-based soft phones, bringing
together enterprise-grade audio and innovative features in an affordable
package that makes wireless freedom practical for everyone in the
organization, working in all types of locations from traditional cubicles to
open offices and even from home.

Logitech Wireless Headset H820e (Photo: Business Wire)

Logitech Wireless Headset H820e (Photo: Business Wire)

The Logitech H820e delivers true-to-life sound, even in noisy work
environments, thanks to a noise-cancelling microphone, acoustic echo
cancellation and digital signal processing (DSP). The headset is Optimized for
Microsoft^® Lync^™ and is compatible with all major unified communication and
soft phone applications, including Cisco platforms.

The Logitech H820e also offers an industry-leading 10 hours of wideband talk
time, enough to get through even the longest workday.

Priced under $200 in both mono (one ear) and dual (both ears) models, the
Logitech H820e draws on Logitech’s heritage for human-centric design. The
headset’s long list of innovative features includes an in-call LED indicator
light at the back of the microphone boom to prevent interruptions during
calls, on-ear volume control buttons positioned on either side of the head
band to easily find by touch, and auto-pair by docking, so that any Logitech
H820e headset can easily connect through any Logitech H820e charger base. A
stylish and lightweight design in silver and black makes for all-day comfort,
while the weighted base makes it easy to slip the headset into the charging

The Logitech H820e is built on the DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless
Telecommunications) standard, allowing for range up to 300 feet and
high-density deployment in crowded offices – exceeding what’s possible with
most Bluetooth^® devices, while avoiding the Wi-Fi^® interference that
Bluetooth can cause. A wide band/narrow band switch provides greater control
in setting the correct balance between audio quality and density.

“Providing users with a comfortable, high-quality audio device is a critical
requirement when adding voice to Lync installations,” said Giovanni Mezgec,
general manager of Lync product marketing for Microsoft. “Logitech is showing
that even in an established category such as headsets, it’s possible to
introduce significant new features and benefits that can help drive user
acceptance of unified communications.”

“Our research shows that unit sales of wireless headsets will dramatically
increase from 27 percent of the global office and contact center market in
2012 to 49 percent in 2019, almost reaching parity with wired headsets, while
volume will more that quadruple from 3 million units in 2012 to 13.4 million
units is 2019,” said Elka Popova, program director for unified communications
and collaboration at the research firm Frost & Sullivan. “This growth is being
driven by the realization that wireless headsets give users a more comfortable
calling experience and therefore expand the benefit of unified communications
platforms. On the other hand, we’ve found the relatively high cost of wireless
headsets is a barrier to adoption. Logitech is moving the market forward by
offering wireless products with high audio quality and user-friendly features
at an accessible price.”

Frost & Sullivan called Logitech “the most disruptive new entrant in the
office (headset) space” in the firm’s “Global Office and Contact Center
Headset Market” report, released in February, adding that Logitech “for two
years now has been allocating significant resources to developing products and
strategies geared exclusively toward the business segment.” In a global survey
of IT managers, 57 percent identified Logitech as the primary brand they
choose when replacing a desk phone with a headset.

“We’re looking to change the attitude that wireless headsets in the enterprise
are an afterthought or a perk,” said Eric Kintz, senior vice president and
general manager for Logitech for Business. “Premium audio quality is essential
in today’s anywhere workplace, where employees are connecting with each other
in open spaces, from the road and from home, and people can do more when they
aren’t tethered to their desks.Wireless headsets are rapidly becoming the
‘new normal’ for maximizing audio and video collaboration.”

For situations where wired headsets are the best choice, Logitech offers the
corded Logitech USB Headset H650e. Introduced last month, the Logitech H650e
has the same contemporary design and many of the advanced features of the
wireless Logitech H820e – including the in-call indicator light, lightweight
construction, noise cancellation, DSP and acoustic echo cancellation. The
Logitech H650e is Optimized for Microsoft^® Lync^™ and is compatible with all
major unified communication and soft phone applications, including Cisco

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech Wireless Headset H820e is expected to be available worldwide
starting in May 2013 for $179.99 (mono) and $199.99 (dual). The corded
Logitech USB Headset H650e is available worldwide now for $79.99 (mono) and
$89.99 (stereo). The headsets connect through a USB port to Windows PCs, Macs
and Linux systems. For more information, please visit

About Logitech

Logitech is a world leader in products that connect people to the digital
experiences they care about. Spanning multiple computing, communication and
entertainment platforms, Logitech’s combined hardware and software enable or
enhance digital navigation, music and video entertainment, gaming, social
networking, audio and video communication over the Internet, video security
and home-entertainment control. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a
Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq
Global Select Market (LOGI).

Logitech, the Logitech logo, and other Logitech marks are registered in
Switzerland and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of
their respective owners. For more information about Logitech and its products,
visit the company’s website at www.logitech.com.


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